After a 4 hour delay due to a Covid-19 outbreak amongst the event staff, the match finally started with the hosts and casters streaming from their individual hotel rooms. It was an exciting matchup between two of the best teams with a place in the Grand Final at stake.The opening map was Vertigo and it started frantically with a back and forth first half which finished 8-7 to Fnatic. In the second half though, Fnatic stormed ahead to open up the lead. Thanks to an outstanding performance from Ludvig "Brollan” Brolin with 30 kills, Fnatic stole away Virtus.Pro's map pick and could march on with confidence onto their own pick of Overpass. Overpass looked like it was starting brightly for Virtus.Pro with an insane triple kill in the pistol round from Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis, but Fnatic hit straight back as they raced to an 7-4 lead. Virtus.Pro were repeatedly swept away on the bombsites and Fnatic were pulling off some flawless executes. Virtus.Pro responded by stacking the sites and clawed a couple of rounds back, but it went into half-time at 9-6 to Fnatic.In the second half Fnatic kept up their momentum as they raced into a 13-8 lead, Virtus.Pro didn’t lie down easily though as they picked up 6 rounds in a row to bring it back to 13-13. It was back and forth in the final stages of the game with some fantastic multikills from Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis and Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson on each side. Both teams traded rounds, but a fantastic final round from Dzhami "Jame" Ali clinched the win for Virtus.Pro and took the series to Train at 1-1 apiece.
Virtus.Pro Derail Fnatic
It was a scrappy first half on Train as both teams traded rounds. Virtus.Pro took control of the game though and stormed into the half-time break 11-4 up thanks to 5 opening kills from YEKINDAR, taking his total to 64, the highest in the tournament.In the second half, Fnatic just couldn’t find a way back into the game despite winning the pistol round. They kept getting onto the bombsites, but twice were unable to prevent the defuse. Virtus.Pro went on a 5 round streak to take away the map and clinch the series to secure a place in the Grand Final.
Map 1 (Vertigo)
Ludvig "Brollan” Brolin was utterly dominant on Overpass with 30 kills, and a 1.97 rating.
Brollan was doing everything for his team, closing out rounds and coming up big when needed, but it was his 6 opening kills which were crucial in opening up Virtus.Pro.
Map 2 (Overpass)
Ludvig "Brollan” Brolin was once again the best player for Fnatic, picking up 23 kills and a 1.28 rating.
By the 20th round Dzhami "Jame" Ali had only had 3 kills, but he managed to pull it back to 14 kills included a crucial multi-kill in the final round.
Map 3 (Train)
Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis was the point man for Virtus.Pro as he carved open Fnatic time and again with 6 opening kills in the map.
Alexey "qikert" Golubev led the way for his team with 17 kills, 96.1 ADR and a 1.60 rating.
Fnatic: The Swedes started so well and almost looked like they were going to take it in only two maps, but they let their lead slip on Overpass and the series seemed out of their hands from that point on. They were far too easily beaten on Train too and they will have to go away and quickly work out what went wrong if they are to find a way back into the Grand-Final from the Lower Bracket.
Virtus.Pro: While they had looked good this tournament making it all the way through the upper bracket to this stage they had struggled against the best teams. They didn’t start well, but after coming back on Overpass the momentum was with them and they managed to pull an incredible performance off here against Fnatic.
Virtus.Pro have booked their place in the Grand Final while Fnatic will face the winner of MiBR vs OG in the Lower Bracket for another chance to face Virtus.Pro in the final. You can find the odds for those games on Midnite.com
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